How Consumer Reports Tests Lawn Mowers and Tractors

How Consumer Reports Tests Lawn Mowers And Tractors 1

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5 Comments on "How Consumer Reports Tests Lawn Mowers and Tractors"

  1. Christopher Peppey | May 9, 2023 at 3:45 PM |

    Gas burning mowers are foul.

  2. I am looking to buy a lawn mower. This video is very informative,

  3. StalePhish | May 9, 2023 at 4:11 PM |

    It would have been nice to compare gas mowers against battery mowers side-by-side. With data points like estimated fuel costs, estimated maintenance costs, volume, and emissions, it would show how important it is to switch to electric mowers! One of my favorite parts about my electric mower is that it’s so quiet, the thought of needing hearing protection to operate it doesn’t even cross your mind. I listen to my earbuds when I’m mowing and can hear them fine. Also electric mowers are more likely to have a fold-up storage mode to park vertically, so they aren’t taking up a huge amount of space in your garage or shed. Also that I don’t need to do oil changes and don’t need to keep a can of gas sitting around that goes stale, especially since just about everyone stores their gas cans in an indoor space.

  4. Michael Morris | May 9, 2023 at 5:05 PM |

    One of the most important metrics seems to have been ignored here… battery life. (how many charge cycles will it last before having to be replaced). Even GreenWorks site doesn’t have specifics. Says 4 year limited warranty… wondering what the “limited” portion of that is? Replacing the batteries is likely most of the cost of a new mower, if these are like anything else electric. The truth is most of these battery powered mowers are not really a green choice. Just how many kids died mining the cobalt for your battery powered mower, that you will likely need to just throw away in a few years, and then kill more kids to buy a new one. My Torro Gas Powered mower is going on 20 years old… replaced the spark plug once, and the air cleaner once… probably should do that again… but still it’s not disposable, which most of these are. The battery powered equipment market is hot with people including you guys touting it as green… it is NOT green when you look at the entire lifecycle of the product, and what it takes to keep it going, and the fact that I honestly doubt these batteries will be recycled at all. Please feel free to show me where I’m wrong. BTW I worked at a battery plant for years… so don’t think you can just blow smoke up my dress, forgotten more about batteries than most people will ever know!

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